After a promising beginning, Antony Warmbold had to settle for 13th place overall in the Rally of Corsica, the 14th round of the World Rally Championship. Technical problems encounterd roughly at mid-point of the second leg slowed down the German...
After a promising beginning, Antony Warmbold had to settle for 13th place overall in the Rally of Corsica, the 14th round of the World Rally Championship. Technical problems encounterd roughly at mid-point of the second leg slowed down the German professional rally driver.
"At the beginning, I had to get used to the special stages on asphalt. The last time I drove on hardtop roads was at the Rally Monte Carlo in January. Yet I got along better and better and was in eleventh place at the end of the first leg," reported Warmbold. "On Saturday I improved further and pushed forwards to a place among the top ten. On the seventh special stage I was driving very fast intermediate times but then there was suddenly a leak in the hydraulic system," said the 27-year-old driver, expressing his frustration. "I started having problems with the gearshift and the electronic differential of my Ford Focus RS WRC. Up to the next service I had to wrestle with these difficulties through another special stage and a half. I lost nearly four and a half minutes and dropped to 14th place."
The German who lives in Monaco is convinced that the loss of time has deprived him of possibly finishing in the points. "This was really a shame, particularly since we made a good tyre choice, which enabled me to catch the front runners. But after our problems the gaps to the front of the field were simply too large. That's why I didn't take any more unnecessary risks on the third leg and just brought the car home, because I need it to contest the season's next round in Spain next weekend."
In Spain, Warmbold hopes to be able to profit from his experience gained on asphalt in France: "I am confident. If everything goes according to schedule, I should be able to score points there. I would certainly be satisfied with eighth place, because I still lack a bit of experience on asphalt."